Things I Learned From Doctor Who: The Underwater Menace
1. The Second Doctor is literally incapable of walking past a hat without trying it on.
2. At one point, Ben actually asks “Why hasn’t Atlantis been discovered before?” which is a remarkable piece of foreshadowing considering how many times Atlantis is discovered AND destroyed in this show.
3. Polly is perfect, and so is her hair.
4. The tragedy of so many missing episodes of the Troughton era is in all the spectacularly weird costume and scenery choices that never really came across via soundtrack.
This show, you guys. No other show is like this show.
It’s one of the most celebrated Doctor Who adventures and yet no complete film recordings of The Power of the Daleks are known to have survived. The master negatives were destroyed in an archive purge in 1974.
Announced today, BBC AMERICA and BBC Worldwide have commissioned a brand new animation based on the program’s original audio recordings, surviving photographs and film clips that will be released 50 years after its only UK broadcast on BBC One. Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks premieres Saturday, November 12 on BBC AMERICA and will be available the following day to stream on the BBC AMERICA App and BBCAmerica.com.
The six-part adventure features the regeneration, or as it was then called ‘renewal’, of first Doctor, William Hartnell into second Doctor, Patrick Troughton, as the Time Lord and his companions Polly (Anneke Wills) and Ben (Michael Craze) do battle with the Daleks on the planet Vulcan.
Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks is produced and directed by Charles Norton, with character designs from acclaimed comic book artists Martin Geraghty and Adrian Salmon. Sarah Barnett, President of BBC AMERICA, commented, “50 years after its inception, Doctor Who continues to be a global phenomenon that perpetually reanimates itself – literally, right now. “The Power of the Daleks” is the latest uniquely creative storytelling to spring from the extraordinary mythology of the Doctor Who world – there are only a handful of global franchises that have the depth to evolve in this kind of way. We are so proud to present this work to our BBCA Doctor Who fans, who we think will go crazy for this reverent yet shockingly reinvented “mash up”.”
Charles says, “The Power of the Daleks animation is the most ambitious Doctor Who archive restoration ever attempted and we’re all very honored to be a part of such an exciting project. Intelligent, suspenseful and magnificently staged, The Power of the Daleks is one of the great lost classics of 1960s television and a superb example of the black and white era at its finest.” [x]
Radio times photos…you know those stills that never actually happened in any episodes…because none of the characters ever dressed like that and none of those things happened in those places. They’re so random, yet I’ve got to admit they’re cute…especially the Ben and Polly ones.
Thanks to complicated shenanigans involving Weeping Angels, the Land of Fiction, and egregious uses of time travel, Ben Jackson and Peeta Mellark are the same person. Same for the actors who portray them, Michael Craze and Josh Hutcherson.